It means small, exhausted bodies attempt to get a night’s rest on a large mound of dirt.
Families displaced from their homes by flooding sleep outside on a dirt pile.
It means rainfall volumes have been three times the 30-year average. (Unicef)
It means having 10 minutes to get out of your house when water breaches nearby river banks. (UNHCR)
A woman and child float to safety as water floods the streets.
It means Afghani refugees being displaced - again. (UNHCR)
It means 6.4 million people are in need of shelter and basic necessities as 1.5 million homes are destroyed. (VOA News) (Aljezeera)
It means crops - or this year’s income for families who subsistence farm - are destroyed.
Water surges through residential areas.
It means water surged down the Indus River, causing dams and banks to breach, sending water surging into homes, schools, roads, bridges and public health facilities. (CBC)
It means 1300 have lost their lives since mid-June. About ⅓ of those were children. (Aljezeera) Some of those 1300 breathed their last without knowing Jesus or His blood covering their sin.
It means hearts are breaking and people are hurting - which means our Lord’s attention and compassion is directed toward the victims of the flooding.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18
It means flood victims are exposed to diarrhea, malaria, cholera and water-borne diseases. (CNN) (Unicef) They are also at greater risk for developing skin conditions and being bitten by snakes or wild dogs. (VOA News)
Flood victims are exposed to diarrhea, Cholera and water-borne diseases, as well as to injury from items underwater.
It means inflation on items like food and non-alcoholic beverages and medicine is high even in dry places as roads are impassable and goods get more expensive to transport - causing hardship on the very poor. (CNN)
It means 3 million children are in need of basic necessities and are now more at risk than ever for malnutrition.
It means God’s people in Pakistan have a historic opportunity to help people in need, giving them the opening to gently ask, when the moment is right, “Do you know Jesus?”
Our contact in Pakistan, Abid, engages in conversation before asking if the gentleman would like to hear about Jesus.
Abid asks, "Do you know Jesus?"
It means that as His people take care of each other and open their arms to those in need, the light of Christ will shine all the brighter.
It means the resources of Pakistani believers are already depleted, and they need their brothers and sisters around the world to rally to their aid so they can keep helping the hurting and extending the reach of the Good News.
It means one ITMI donor has already pledged $10,000 so that our contact in Pakistan, Abid, can provide food parcels, blankets, and help rebuilding their lives.
Who is Abid?
Abid, whose last name we will probably never reveal publicly for his protection, is a Pakistani math teacher, father, and husband who is following Jesus in one of the most difficult places to do so. Abid and his fellow believers face persecution, severe lack of opportunity, and often violence because they follow Jesus instead of Mohammed.
Abid is being discipled by ITMI’s Steve Evers through zoom meetings and phone calls. Steve and Abid a workreing their way through the SALT material together.
As Abid learns the Biblical principles, he is teaching them to others.
Abid tells Steve that the Biblical principles taught in the SALT material are revolutionizing the lives of young people and adults in their discipleship-starved country.
Abid teaches the SALT material.
He is also working with ITMI’s Richard and Brooke Nungesser, to demonstrate and declare the Good News through Bread of Life outreaches in Pakistan. (Bread of Life is the organization co-founded by Richard and Brooke.)
Bread of Life outreach in Pakistan.
Would you consider joining other ITMI supporters in reaching the hurting in Pakistan for Christ? Your donation will help Abid demonstrate and declare the Gospel in Pakistan by providing for physical and spiritual needs.
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